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Keep the vaccines coming, West Virginia

After a fast start, West Virginia has slowed considerably in the COVID-19 vaccine race.

Not even the “Do it for Babydog” promotion from Gov. Jim Justice has made a difference in changing the minds of those who either are hesitant about the vaccine or simply will never get the shot. The same is shown from the offer of savings bonds and gift cards to our younger residents.

As of Tuesday, 46.7 percent of all West Virginians are fully vaccinated. Officials report 64.5 percent of West eligible Virginians had received at least one dose.

Here are the statistics for local counties of those fully vaccinated:

• Ohio County — 48.7 percent;

• Hancock — 48.6 percent;

• Wetzel — 41 percent;

• Brooke — 37.1 percent;

• Marshall — 36.2 percent;

• Tyler — 31.4 percent.

Even with case numbers down, now is not the time to be complacent, particularly with the new variant in play.

Remember — don’t hesitate, instead vaccinate.

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